When you have children, there are lots of opportunities for unsolicited advice from friends, family and strangers. I was prepared for that and to be honest, most of it was either helpful or expected, usually along the lines of “Enjoy them while they’re little, they grow up too fast” (ok, so this is very very true but not an awesome statement whilst in the throes of newborn hell). Anyways, I think what made me the most surprised was how my son acted as a barrier breaker to basically, the entire population of people we have encountered. Everywhere we went, people smiled at me (well, him…. but indirectly at me. woo!), talked to me (about him), and some, more times than I can count, even boldly stretched out their arms, almost demanding to hold him. I’m pretty trusting and I love how happy he made people, so I’d usually take a quick ‘crazy reading’ and hand him over. Weird, yes, but also delightful. In the beginning, I didn’t get why people liked my son, or felt the need to engage with him or hold him or squeeze his (amazingly kissable) cheeks. However, that was before I met Oliver. Because in that first moment of meeting him, every ounce of me had to be restrained from taking him from his parents arms and cuddling and loving him with all my soul. His piercing blue eyes, perfectly chubby cheeks and joyful smile make for the cutest wee squishy baby ever. We are still enjoying the lovely winter and had a fantastic session out at Nose Hill in the northwest part of Calgary. Not only is he a cutie, he was a perfect gem for the camera. And his parents behaved too 🙂 Enjoy this awesome family. Good job you two!